Monterey is home to the most adobes west of Santa Fe. The largest adobe concentration is in the historic downtown area and near Fisherman’s Wharf. Monterey State Historic Park protects a large collection. A few others are owned by private organizations and individuals, and some have been adapted to business use.
Luckily for us, today we can shop, dine, sight-see, sleep, and more in historic adobes. For a while, I will be posting descriptions some of the many adobes I discovered on a recent research trip. Let's start with:
Lara-Soto Adobe 460 Pierce St.. Built in the 1830s, this property was one of the few lots granted directly to a woman. It was once owned by John Steinbeck, who began writing “The Pearl” here. Legend has it that the magnificent Monterey cypress in the front yard was planted as a seedling over the grave of an occupants' infant first child. The building is currently the admissions office for the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
More Monterey adobes.
All-adobe tour of Monterey.
More things to do in Monterey.
More ideas for exploring Northern California.
image ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers